With the help of his Dark Elf army, the evil mage Malbordus hopes to find the lost city of Vatos in the Desert of Skulls and collect five Dragon Artefacts, which he plans to bring to life with arcane magic to conquer all Allansia. With the help of the good wizard Yaztromo and the Dwarves of Stonebridge, you are charged with stopping him. Yaztromo teaches you four spells from a choice of ten, and you must cross the Desert of Skulls, find the city of Vatos ahead of Malbordus and destroy the Dragon Artefacts before he can find them.
TEMPLE OF TERROR is set mainly in the Desert of Skulls, and has a very Ancient Egypt feel to it, emphasised by Bill Houston's excellent illustrations. Originally published in 1985 and written by Ian Livingstone, it uses the standard Fighting Fantasy rules and has 400 paragraphs.
The book just oozes atmosphere, is well written, and has plenty of battles to play out (some of them quite tough), and a host of new monsters to encounter. The book is not overly difficult though, but the adventure seems longer than most in the series, from start to finish. An excellent gamebook, one of the best in the whole Fighting Fantasy collection.